Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy's Seat is located in Ayarpatta Hill at a height of 2292 mts above sea level. It is at a distance of 4 km from the main town of Nainital and is easily accessible by road. One can either take a pony or trek uphill to this point that gives a good view of the Himalayas and a partial view of Nainital along with its neighbouring towns.
The place is named after Dorothy Kellet, an English Lady artist/painter, who died in a plane crash. This was the place where she used to sit and paint the beautiful town and its surroundings.
Later, Dorothy's Seat started becoming a famous picnic spot for the Rajas who ruled this place and hence was officially converted into a picnic spot and locally named Tiffin top which denotes 'Packed food consumed during the day' Tiffin Top / Dorothy’s Seat is a Picnic Spot for nature lovers.
Tiffin Top commands an excellent view of the Himalayas as well as the neighboring country side. Once at top, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the hills and breathe of fresh air. It gives the feeling of being on top of the world.
An early morning view from this place is beautiful, when the sun rays falls and lightens every corner of Nainital.
This hill top is a perfect spot for aspiring photographers as they can capture the picturesque view of the countryside.
You Can Visit Tiffin - Dorothy’s Seat on Foot by or by Horseback.
Trek to Tiffin Top / Dorothy's Seat
Tiffin top is a short trek of about 4 kms from Nainital and provides excellent view of the Himalayas and the Nainital town. It can be approached either from Nainital Town or from Lovers/ Suicide Point.
The road to this picnic spot crawls along the rugged hill side swaying left and right. One can follow the conventional route and the others (young and enthusiasts) can create their own way to reach atop.
On the way to top, one can enjoy the beautiful nature, both flora and fauna. You will come across snails and other small creatures. If you are lucky enough, may also see the pug marks of panthers (which are believed to be not man eaters by the locals).